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Post 9/11 GI Bill Information
The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is a new benefit providing educational assistance to individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. More details.
Can I transfer my entitlement to my dependents?
If you are a member of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. DoD and the Military Services will issue policy on use of transferability in the coming months.
Officers (ROTC/Academy Grads)
Officers who graduated from service academies or received ROTC scholarships do qualify for Chapter 33 (the new, post-9/11 GI Bill). However, time spent satisfying the ROTC/Service Academy active duty obligation does not count toward the active duty service necessary to qualify for the benefits.
Chapter 33 (the new, post-9/11 GI Bill) - allows the Secretary of Defense to provide currently serving troops the opportunity to transfer education benefits to a spouse or to one or more of the individual's children. The Secretary of Defense has yet to issue regulations on how this program will be implemented, but the language of the legislation outlines some general guidelines.
Spouse/Dependent- In order to give education benefits to a spouse, the service member must serve or commit to serve for at least ten years. Transferability is available once a service member has served six years and has reenlisted for at least four more. Spouses will have 15 years to use the benefits.
Children - In order to give education benefits to a dependent, the service member must have served for at least ten years. Children will have until age 26 to use their benefits.
It is unclear from the bill whether the service must be active duty or whether it includes service in the National Guard/Reserves. We will update this site once the Secretary of Defense issues further guidance.
Payment shall be made to the school for the entire quarter, semester or term. The maximum tuition benefit is linked to the tuition cost of an undergraduate degree at the most expensive public school in the state, but the funding can be used at any VA-approved school in the state. Click here for List of Most Expensive Public Schools in Each State. More expensive schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offering veterans scholarships will be matched dollar for dollar up to the cost of tuition.
Up to $1,000/year and divided by academic term.
Based on DoDs BAH rate for E-5 w/dependent, using zip code of the college/university.
Time to Use Benefit
Up to 15 years
Chapter 33 (the new, post-9/11 GI Bill) offers a total 36 months of education benefits, the equivalent of four academic years. Tuition payments are made to the school for the entire quarter, semester or term. The payments are capped at the undergraduate-level tuition cost of the most expensive public school in the state.
Chapter 33 (the new, post-9/11 GI Bill): Yellow Ribbon Program
Private universities and public university graduate school programs that charge tuition above the state tuition cap may participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Bill Program by offering scholarships or tuition forgiveness to veterans. The school must enter into an agreement with the VA to participate and then the federal government will match dollar for dollar what the university provides, up to the full cost of tuition. The VA has not yet issued guidance on how schools can participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Chapter 33 (the new, post-9/11 GI Bill), including the Yellow Ribbon Program, can be used for graduate school.
Chapter 33 (the new, post-9/11 GI Bill), Veterans will receive a lump sum payment accompanying the living allowance for the first month of each quarter, semester or term. The payment will help cover the cost of books, supplies, equipment and other educational fees for that academic term. The payment will be divided equally between the academic terms (e.g., two semester payments of $500).
Visit www.gibill.va.gov for up to date information on this and other education benefits.